Volusia County approves Trader Joe's distribution center

Volusia County approves Trader Joe's distribution center

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Volusia County is giving the green light to Trader Joe's to open a new distribution center in Daytona Beach.  County Chairman Jason Davis tells FOX 35 there is a simple reason why the Council was enthusiastic in the unanimous vote.

"This is a job maker. This is a job creator."

The center will be built right near the intersection of interstates 95 and 4 in Daytona Beach. Davis says the location is ideal.

"It's at the crossroads of Florida. Lets be realistic.  I-95 and I-4 what a better place to put a facility like that."

The state and Volusia have come up with an incentive package worth more than $4.6 million. That money will be used to build new roads and expand existing roads leading into the distribution center.  The news also could be good for the rest of Florida. The company would not build a distribution center if there were not going to be stores to send the products to. Davis says this is the exact kind of project tax dollars should be used for.

"This is a distribution center.  So if they put a Trader Joe's in Osceola County, it's coming out of our warehouse.  If they put it in Jacksonville, it's coming out of that warehouse."

Davis says the new center will add 450 jobs.

"Truck drivers, I mean the jobs start from the guy that sweeps the floor all the way to the guy that distributes the product, and this is a boom for this particular area. We've all been working on trying to get some sort of economic development going here in Volusia County, and this is a pretty darn good start."

Trader Joe's themselves would not confirm that they are building a distribution center. They refused comment when we reached them, but there is a signature line for the company on the documents agreed to on Thursday.  The company could also be receiving additional incentives from the state or local governments based on the number of jobs they create.

Monrovia, Calif.-based Trader Joe's is constructing it's first Central Florida store in Winter Park, on property nestled between U.S. 17-92 and Lake Killarney near W. Morse Blvd.   That store, part of the $22 million Lakeside Winter Park project, is expected to open later this year.

In January, Orange County Commissioners unanimously approved a change to zoning on property along Sand Lake Road in the Dr. Phillips area, so that developers may proceed with a commercial project that will be anchored by another Trader Joe's.  The land had been zoned for a church development.  With the new classification, Unicorp National Developments Inc. can move forward with the proposed $12 million Parkside at Dr. Phillips project. 

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